|Date||20 August 2008|
|Location||Beijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing|
|Participants||16 from 16 countries|
|Format||Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.|
The favorites were the defending champion Chu Mu-Yen of Chinese Taipei, and 2007 World Champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain. But they were both defeated by Yulis Mercedes of the Dominican Republic, the 2007 Pan American Games champion, who made his way to the final, where he met his close friend, Mexico’s Guillermo Pérez, silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds. The final match went to overtime, and after a scoreless overtime, Pérez was awarded the gold medal by superiority, which was the first Mexican gold medal at the Olympics since 1984.
One bronze medal was historic when it went to Afghanistan’s Rohullah Nikpai, the first ever Olympic medal for his country. Nikpai noted, “I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war. I won the medal for my country.”
|=5||71||Juan Antonio Ramos||ESP|
|=11||67||M. A. Jean Moloise Ogoudjobi||BEN|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Guillermo Pérez||MEX||Michael Harvey||GBR||Final Score (3 - 2)|
|Match #2||Rohullah Nikpai||AFG||Levent Tuncat||GER||Final Score (4 - 3)|
|Match #3||Chutchawan Khaolaor||THA||M. A. Jean Moloise Ogoudjobi||BEN||Final Score (4 - 2)|
|Match #4||Ryan Carneli||AUS||Tshomlee Go||PHI||Final Score (1 - 0)|
|Match #5||Chu Mu-Yen||TPE||Dickson Wamwiri||KEN||Final Score (7 - 0)|
|Match #6||Gabriel Mercedes||DOM||Pedro Póvoa||POR||Final Score (3 - 0)|
|Match #7||Juan Antonio Ramos||ESP||Alfonso Martinez||BIZ||Final Score (2 - 1)|
|Match #8||Márcio Wenceslau||BRA||Reza Naderian||IRI||Final Score (2 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Guillermo Pérez||MEX||Rohullah Nikpai||AFG||Final Score (2 - 1)|
|Match #2||Chutchawan Khaolaor||THA||Ryan Carneli||AUS||Final Score (2 - 0)|
|Match #3||Gabriel Mercedes||DOM||Chu Mu-Yen||TPE||Final Score (3 - 2)|
|Match #4||Juan Antonio Ramos||ESP||Márcio Wenceslau||BRA||Final Score (3 - 2)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final round.
|Match #1||Guillermo Pérez||MEX||Chutchawan Khaolaor||THA||Final Score (3 - 1)|
|Match #2||Gabriel Mercedes||DOM||Juan Antonio Ramos||ESP||Final Score (3 - 2)|
Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
|Match #1||Chutchawan Khaolaor||THA||Bye|
|Match #2||Chu Mu-Yen||TPE||Pedro Póvoa||POR||Final Score (1 - -1)|
|Match #3||Rohullah Nikpai||AFG||Michael Harvey||GBR||Final Score (2 - 1)|
|Match #4||Juan Antonio Ramos||ESP||Bye|
|Match #1||Chu Mu-Yen||TPE||Chutchawan Khaolaor||THA||Final Score (4 - 2)|
|Match #2||Rohullah Nikpai||AFG||Juan Antonio Ramos||ESP||Final Score (4 - 1)|
|Match 1/2||Guillermo Pérez||MEX||Gabriel Mercedes||DOM||Superiority (1 - 1)|